Local communities receive share of $10 million in federal grants

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, announced Thursday that more than $10 million in federal grant funding is being awarded to 19 rural communities.

“Rural communities are the next great economic frontier for our state, and it is vital they are receiving support to keep Indiana moving forward,” Crouch said. “With these funds, local governments are able to complete various projects like improving their infrastructure, downtown revitalization and public facilities improvements.”

Area communities to receive grants include:

– The City of Greenwood: Public Facilities Program grant of $500,000 for renovation of a senior center, The Social of Greenwood. The project will renovate the roughly 6,500 square foot center to include updates to the wellness areas, multi-purpose program rooms, a food pantry and administrative spaces.

– Jackson County: Public Facilities Program grant of $225,000 for the rehabilitation of the Vallonia Community Center. The project will renovate the interior and upgrade the Joseph Jackson Hotel that was originally built in 1914.

– The City of Greensburg: Main Street Revitalization Program grant of $600,000 for downtown street improvements. This revitalization project will upgrade the southern half of Main Street between Broadway and Franklin streets and on the south side of the courthouse square.